A great nights music on ABC2 tonight. It started with one of my favourite shows Later with Jools Holland. Tonight’s show started with the fabulous, soulful and funky Joss Stone. Truly an old soul in a young body. Strangely that young body was dressed in a pair of curtains and she had another curtain on her mike stand, each to their own I suppose. Fashion sense apart, Joss could not be faulted. She did two superb songs of her own and a great rendition of Ray Charles “I believe to my soul” with Jools at the piano. Jools’piano playing was equally as impressive.
Joss was followed by Alice in Chains. So let’s get the negative bits out at once. I didn’t enjoy Alice in Chains, too heavy a sound for my tastes, which was unfortunate, as they played three songs to everyone else’s one or two. One of them, surprisingly was acoustic, but this still didn’t do much for me. The other act on tonight that I wasn’t too keen on was Delphin. Again capable and probably good in their genre, but electronic music also has little appeal to me.
OK that over with, everything else was well worth tuning in for. Ricky Lee Jonesperformed an acoustic song apparently written by her father, nice song and featured some nice upright bass. Martha Wainwright performed an animated version of an Edith Piafsong. There was some very carefully pronounced French lyrics, so much so that even I was able to understand some of them. The only thing that was a little distracting is that she was obviously reading the lyrics from a music stand, or autocue, you just don’t often see that in modern music.
An act that I had not heard of before was Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, these guys were really good, very funky. Their first song owed a lot to James Brown and made me feel like getting up off that thang. The second song was a bit too short, but as they say always leave them wanting more. This video can take a while to load and the song starts a bit slow, but play it loud, play it proud and get your funk on. Two things to notice here, first is Joss Stone getting on down with her bad self in the background and second, check out the trumpet player, he bears a remarkable resemblance to the trumpet player in Joss’s band. It’s not the same guy, but it could be him in disguise.
A big surprise of the night was Steve Martin and The Steepcanyon Rangers. I’ve seen Steve Martin play banjo before a few times and although I’ve been impressed with the talent and ability, the music itself was not really appealing, as I’m not a huge fan of country music. But I guess you would call what he did tonight Bluegrass and I enjoyed both tunes. The first was was an instrumental featuring two banjos, a violin, a mandolin, a guitar and a double bass. The second was like a 1940′s style country song with some comic lyrics. It reminded me a little of the The Soggy Bottom Boys from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Which is a good thing
The night was rounded off with A Journey Through American Music – Blues Beginnings introduced by Morgan Freeman, followed by Planet Rock Profiles which featured the New York band The Bravery. More on those two programmes very soon.
OK the following has nothing to do with Later with Jools Holland or even anything that was on TV on Friday night. I just stumbled across them when I was looking for video clips and I liked them, I hope you do too.
Martha Wainwright and Charlotte Church, from a British TV special, I believe, performing the Carol King classic Will you still love me tomorrow?
Another sensational performance from Joss Stone and the sensational legs deserve a show of their very own. Here she sings the Dusty Springfield hit Son of a Preacher Manfrom the 60′s and gives it everything that Dusty did back then.
Deals of the day on recordings for Joss Stone, Martha Wainwright, Ricky Lee Jones and Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears